Snakes can pose a real threat in certain regions of North America. Rather than paying a high price for snake repellent, try mixing up a homemade repellent instead. Snakes can be pretty harmless reptiles; however, there are several breeds of dangerous snakes; some snakes bite with venom and others suffocate their victims. Below are a few homemade snake repellents to try.
Cinnamon Oil and Clove Oil
This homemade repellent should be used directly on the snake; it is a good repellent to keep on your person, along with pepper spray for human attackers. Wildlife Services (WS) have found that spraying either cinnamon oil or clove oil on a snake will make it vacate the area. Generally, the snake will slither in the opposite direction of the spray or to a sheltered area; therefore avoid spraying the snake from behind in case it retreats in your direction.
This repellent is non-toxic, but before making the repellent remember to put on a mask covering your nose and mouth because sulphur smells awful. The advantage to this snake repellent is that you can put it in the cracks of your house to prevent the invasion of snakes rather than having to attack them once they have invaded. It is common to add mothballs to the sulphur; however, these are toxic and can cause sickness and diarrhea, so they should not be used in a house with children or animals as they can be deadly if swallowed.
The least effective homemade repellent is cayenne pepper; it frequently is found on the snake repellent charts, yet the results are not promising. The myth is that the heat from the cayenne pepper will burn the snake’s skin, but snakes have resilient scaly skin, so it is ineffective. Use the moth balls, sulphur powder or oil mixtures instead.
Making your garden less attractive to snakes will prevent them from taking up residence on your premises. They will continue on their way to your neighbours' more attractive gardens. Keeping your grass short will give them nowhere to hide. Also, making sure that there are no piles of debris lying around will make your yard less attractive to snakes. If you have a particular problem with snakes, then construct a mesh fence around your property four feet deep and three feet high. Or consider turning your grassy yard into a gravelled paradise, because slithering over gravel can act as a homemade snake deterrent and snakes will avoid it where possible.
Finally, you could depend on the food chain. Cats will get rid of your snake problem; however you have to be prepared for your cat to carry a dead snake in through its cat flap looking at you for praise. If felines are not your friend, then man’s best friend might be a good substitute, but bear in mind that while some dogs will kill snakes, others fear snakes.
To summarize, while some snakes are harmless they can quickly turn dangerous; even pet snakes can turn aggressive on their owners. Pet lovers could consider buying or adopting a cat, because while the furry felines look adorable they are lean, mean snake killing machines. They may not be what you consider a homemade snake repellent, but they get the job done.
- Cayenne Pepper image by truk on Flickr
- Gardening image by orphanjones on Flickr
- Predators image by AndyeMcee on Flickr